The North Carolina League of Municipalities released their Summary Bulletin of the 2012 Session of the General Assembly this week, providing information on numerous actions taken by the Legislature that will impact North Carolina’s cities and towns.
The introduction to the League’s summary reflected an ominous tone the advocacy group encountered throughout the session.
The 2012 North Carolina General Assembly short session ended on Tuesday, July 3, with the Senate wrapping up its session at approximately 3 a.m. and the House completing its work around 3 p.m. It was a very trying legislative session for North Carolina cities and towns, certainly the most damaging one in recent history. It is clear that NC cities and towns, and our supportive citizens and business leaders, must make a renewed effort not only to more directly and routinely discuss issues and build understanding with our legislators, but also to show significant leadership in engaging municipal citizens in grassroots outreach about the issues affecting their communities and quality of life.
Check out the list of topics, each with a direct link to the information provided in the summary.
- DEANNEXATIONS & LOCAL ANNEXATION ISSUES
- BUDGET REDUCES POWELL BILL & STATE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS
- CONTINGENCY FEE AUDITS
- ENVIRONMENT (GENERAL)
- REGULATORY REFORM
- NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION
- EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION (ETJ)
- WATER & SEWER SERVICE EXTENSIONS
- FINANCE & TAXATION
- GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS / PERSONNEL
- LAND USE / ZONING / PERMITTING
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- RETIREMENT ISSUES
The League is already starting work on its goals and agenda for the next legislative session and is seeking input from its members this month:
Just as we finish one session, we can hear the low roar of the next session revving its engine. Now is the time to submit legislative and regulatory goal proposals for the 2013-2014 biennium (Deadline August 31, 2012). Legislative and Regulatory Action Committees will be meeting in the next twelve weeks reviewing suggested goals in preparation for approval by the Board of Directors and ultimate consideration and endorsement by the NCLM membership at the January 24, 2013 Municipal Advocacy Goals Conference in Raleigh.